HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth heavyweight and lightweight rowing teams are set to begin competition at the 115th Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Regatta this weekend.
The event will take place from Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 4 at Lake Natoma in Gold River, California.
Columbia, Cornell and Penn were the organizing stewards of the IRA Regatta, which was first held on the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York. Formed in 1895, it is the oldest collegiate rowing championship in the country.
Competition at the IRA Regatta consists of heats, repechage (second chance races), semifinals and finals over the course of three days. The top two finishers in each heat advance to the semifinal round, while the remaining crews are reassigned to repechage races, where they will look to re-gain entry into the semis. The top three crews in each semifinal advance into the six-boat Grand Final field.
At the 2016 IRA Regatta, the heavyweight team placed 14th. Over the course of three days, the Big Green advanced boats to the third and fourth finals, while the third varsity rowed in the Petite Final.
The lightweights are returning to the IRA for the first time since 2014. That year, Dartmouth's varsity eight finished in sixth place in the Grand Final.